Friday 17 November 2017

Military surveillance plane spotted over Dublin

A plane similar to the one spotted over Dublin
A plane similar to the one spotted over Dublin

A MILITARY plane has been spotted flying over Dublin city centre.

Eagle-eyed plane spotters saw the CASA surveillance doing three sweeps of Dublin’s city centre early yesterday morning.

The primary military roles for such an aircraft include maritime patrol, surveillance and air transport.

Not only are they flown by members of the Irish Air Corps, but the also by air forces in Spain, Turkey and Indonesia.

Seeing such a plane in Dublin skies will attract curiosity in some of us, and perhaps alarm in others – but such fears can be allayed.

A spokesperson for the Air Corps confirmed that the plane spotted by Dubliners was flying outside its normal flight path, and was also flying at a lower altitude than usual.

However, this was all in aid of Dublin’s ‘Flight Fest’, which is taking place in September.

“The plane was on a reconnaissance trip ahead of FlightFest and was getting in some practice,” the spokesperson said.

FlightFest takes place in the Docklands on September 15 and will feature 30 aircraft – old and new – fly along the path of the River Liffey right through the centre of Dublin.

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